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Paradise in Bengal (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered how does it feel to wake up to a cup of tea in your hands ,facing mighty himalayas, beautiful flowers of different colours and nothing but greenery all around added with sound of chirping birds. Wonderful, right??

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Kalimpong, Morgan house

That is how I felt when I witnessed this. I felt calm and my thoughts flew to the wonderful lines written by Angela Morgan:

God, when you thought of a pine tree,
How did you think of a star?
How did you dream of the Milky Way
To guide us from afar.
How did you think of a clean brown pool
Where flecks of shadows are?

God, when you patterned a bird song,
Flung on a silver string,
How did you know the ecstasy
That crystal call would bring?
How did you think of a bubbling throat
And a darling speckled wing?                                                                                                                        (Some lines from God The Artist)

As I had promised to share more about my trip to Kalimpong and Lava, so here I am with another blog taking you to the journey of what I would like to call as  “Paradise in Bengal”.

When I planned for a vacation to Kalimpong, I wanted to do one thing different that time from all the other trips that I have taken- that was not to go sightseeing the usual, I just wanted to sit in mid of nature and soak maximum vibes from it. Luckily the choice of my stay was exactly what I needed- Morgan House. I have shared about it in my first blog(Read it here 🙂) I am sharing some more pics that I have taken of this wonderful Tourist lodge.

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Morgan House, Main entrance

They have maintained the old, colonial look of this house doing justice to the stories that I had heard or read about the place (I recently watched a video about the same made by MTV.) Anyhow, I was interested mostly in the nature and views which were great from here. And also the whole house is surrounded by so much greenery, I could have stayed there for a week longer 😉  . See for yourself.

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I woke up when the first rays of sun shooed the armour of darkness that night had donned and I could see the faint light on the peaks of Kangchenjunga. I have already shared the picture in my first blog (here) but I can’t resist posting another one.

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Break of dawn, Kangchenjunga

I still remember how silent and how composed I felt seeing this, I started thinking that mankind has evolved so much and we are developing day by day but somewhere in the process we are doing harm to  mother nature, Deforestation being one of the examples. My mind raised questions like why do I need to visit some tourist places to have this peaceful feeling, this unnamed connection that I felt with nature and felt so happy, why can’t I feel the same at my home? Is it really worth running after the endless materialistic lists we have got in our mind? What does exactly make us happy? … thousands of interlinked questions hovered my mind and I had to ask those questions to go away as I wanted to enjoy and soak the beauty of nature that lie in front of me and the questions obeyed me and went away 🙂

 

We had a lot of options to choose from for the breakfast and after a sumptuous breakfast, I wanted to take a walk out and expose myself to all that the place had to offer.

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The whole place is full of different flowers, so if you are an admirer of beautiful flowers, do stay at Morgan house if you visit Kalimpong.  Whenever I see a flower, I feel its smiling to me and asking me to smile back and sing something for them (and I did hum a song)  do you guys feel the same way or is it just me?

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The whole place is full of different flowers, one being this one

I also tried to locate the smallest flowers I could find (even in the grass) and could take a nice snap of this one.

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While taking a walk around the hotel, I came to know that there are other cottages as well in the vicinity which are considered to be a part of the same hotel, bookings can be done via State Tourism site and they are all located within walking distance of the main building. Since the main building- Morgan house has just six rooms, its occupancy is limited, so they have built other cottages to accommodate more.

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One of the other cottages nearby
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Another cottage

Apart from humans and birds, I found this spider inhabiting the place as well. I don’t know about you all, but I find spiders very intelligent. Any idea where they take their architectural degree and expertise to make a web from ?

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And this cobweb reminded me of a few more lines from the same poem I quoted earlier (God The Artist ):

God, when you thought of a cobweb,
How did you think of dew?
How did you know a spider’s house
Had shingles bright and new?
How did you know the human folk
Would love them like they do?

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Kalimpong has many other places to visit as well, but as I said my plans were a bit different, so on day two, I took another long walk and visited a nearby Buddhist monastery which was closed for renovations, but at least I was allowed to see the top of the monastery. One could get a nice view of the whole town from there. I don’t have good pictures of the monastery, so please excuse me for that.

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Monastery, Kalimpong
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Top of Monastery

 

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View from the top of the monastery

As I was walking back from the monastery,  I was very much delighted to see Kendriya Vidyalaya (school) on my way as I have done my schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya (different cities) and my father was a teacher (just retired) in the same institution.

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Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kalimpong

And those of you, who want to try paragliding, there are ways to do in Kalimpong. I didn’t do it since I had experienced it earlier and (as I mentioned earlier) I had different plans that time.

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Found this board about paragliding

 

 

After a bit of rest at the Moran house, I visited the market in the centre of the town which had many things to offer. The market is big and I bought some tibetan crafts and handmade goodies. I exhausted myself by walking the length of the market, its BIIIIGGGG. Anyways, I don’t have pictures taken of the market so I am skipping the story to the next part.

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My friend wanted to rent a bike to visit the next destination- Lava. We had less time to sort out the bike finding process and all attempts went in vain and funnily enough, we landed renting a scooty. Yes SCOOTY. Boy did we take that as a challenge to take that mighty scooty to cover 34 kms distance to Lava with our backpacks (unloaded with a few stuffs that we bought at market). The way to lava from Kalimpong is essentially rising altitude with great slopes and it was fun to see how me manoeuvred the scooty at times with our science- driven brains.

 

 

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the friend that carried us- the rented scooty

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I will share the last part of this trip- Lava (which will be a short one, I promise) in the next blog.

Hope you enjoyed reading, please let me know in the comments and share if you like.

Till later 🙂IMG_0202

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